San Blas Trip Report – The Davidsons

The DavidsonsWe just returned from a ten day trip to Panama. When planning for the trip, we really wanted to experience the unique San Blas Islands for a few days. Based on my research, I thought a day trip was too short yet I really did not find staying on the islands very appealing either as the accommodations are very rustic. So I looked into chartering a sailboat and found a company called Yacht Latina. This company was very helpful in finding the right boat for our family. We ended up chartering a 46′ catamaran with a captain and a cook. We were really surprised to find that the price was very reasonable. We have friends who have done this kind of trip in the BVI’s that have paid a lot more money.

The difficult part of the trip is getting there. Yacht Latina had everything planned well in advance and it all went very smoothly. The SUV ride over to Carti takes about 2-1/2 hours from Panama City and it is a curvy and bumpy ride but we never felt unsafe nor did anybody get carsick. Once we arrived in Carti, we were quickly escorted to a Panga boat where we were transported (20 minutes) out to the Lemmon Cayes to our beautiful boat. We were greeted by Bryce and Geraldine, a very nice couple from Spain and Belgium. Both of them were very nice, sincere and made our trip very comfortable. They both spoke English very well and communication was great. They were very hospitable and bent over backwards to make our family very comfortable. They also were laid back and we found them to be just real good people that made for some very fun and interesting conversations.

We sailed to a couple different island groups and the scenery was absolutely incredible. Words can’t describe how gorgeous this area is. I guess it is worth the difficult drive and boat ride to be fortunate to experience this amazing region. We were able to sail, snorkel, kayak, fish or just relax. Swimming in these waters was great as was the snorkeling.

Our crew prepared great meals every day as well as beer and rum drinks that kept us refreshed. The food was really good although we were not able to find any lobsters from the local Guna Yala tribe. The boat was immaculate and our staterooms were spacious and comfortable. There is no AC but we did have fans and a porthole for good ventilation. The evenings were amazing and I have never seen the stars and galaxy so bright and vivid as we were so far off the grid.

This was a very memorable trip and I would strongly suggest to anyone considering going to the San Blas to check out Yacht Latina. They were very professional, friendly and did everything that they promised. We look forward to sailing with them again in the future.

John Davidson